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Moorabool Shire’s environment department is available to provide general environmental and Landcare information including farm forestry, land management, revegetation lists, indigenous nurseries contact details, and Landcare group contact details.

Moorabool Shire has a free land management information pack which is available to residents. To obtain your pack or for more information, please contact customer service 5366 7100 or email info@moorabool.vic.gov.au.

Incentive Programs

There are many organisations and incentive programs to support landholders in improving their property. Click on the following links to find out more about opportunities available. 

Bush Broker

The Victorian Government’s BushBroker program is a system to register and trade native vegetation credits.

A native vegetation credit is defined as a gain in the quality and/or quantity of native vegetation that is subject to a secure and ongoing agreement. Native vegetation credits are listed on the BushBroker register and these can be bought by another party and subsequently used as an offset for the approved clearing of native vegetation.

BushBroker provides you with an opportunity to improve biodiversity on your properties and generate a potentially new income stream from your native vegetation by generating Native Vegetation Credits. You are required to sign a BushBroker Landowner Agreement for the management and protection of the native Vegetation Credit site.The Landowner Agreement will be registered on the land title and binds you and future landowners to the completion of a 10-year BushBroker Management Plan.The 10-year Management Plan details the commitments and management actions required to improve the quality and/or extent of the native vegetation to be undertaken by you each year.Commitments are the overarching requirements for the site (eg. stock exclusion, retain logs or eliminate high threat weeds). Management actions are the specific activities required to fulfill the commitments (eg. erect a fence or spot spray blackberries).

For more information visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.

Bush Tender

BushTender is an auction-based approach to protecting and improving the management of native vegetation on private land. Under this system, you competitively tender for contracts to better protect and improve your native vegetation. Successful bids receive periodic payments for managing actions under agreements signed with DLWP. These actions are based on management commitments over and above those required by current obligations

The BushTender program has been rolled out geographically, targeting specific regions across Victoria. If the Moorabool Shire region is targeted it will be promoted by Council.

For more information visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.

Carbon Farming Initiative

The Federal Government’s Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) allows you to earn carbon credits by storing carbon or reducing greenhouse gas emissions on the land. These credits can then be sold to people and businesses wishing to offset their emissions.

Sequestration projects generate abatement by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through sequestering carbon in plants as they grow and increase organic matter in soil. Projects that avoid losses of vegetation or organic matter in soils are also sequestration projects. Examples of sequestration activities include reforestation, revegetation, restoring rangelands, increasing soil carbon and protecting native forests or vegetation that is at imminent risk of clearing. Carbon stored in vegetation and soils can be released to the atmosphere, reversing the environmental benefit of the sequestration project. For this reason, all sequestration projects are subject to permanence obligations.

If you’re interested in maintaining vegetation or improving biodiversity on-site in perpetuity contact the Federal Government or a relevant broker for further information.

For more information visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.

Grow West

Grow West’s vision is to rejuvenate 10,000 hectares of the upper Werribee catchment, west of Melbourne by connecting large areas of public reserves; Brisbane Ranges National Park, Werribee Gorge State Park and up through to Lerderderg State Park, through a mosaic of restoration works on private property. Grow West is interested to hear from land owners and working farmers who are interested in being involved in a program that will help them control pest plants and animals and improve the productivity of their land.

For more information visit the Grow West website.

Land for Wildlife

Land for Wildlife is a voluntary scheme managed by the Department of Environment and Primary industries which aims to encourage and assist you to provide habitats for wildlife on their property, even if your property may be managed primarily for other purposes.Membership does not alter the legal status of the property in any way, nor will it diminish in any way the your legal rights or control over the property.The benefits of membership include access to practical advice, technical information, training and support networks.

To qualify for membership, your property should be managed in a way which clearly pursues the maintenance and enhancement of native flora and fauna; and/or managed in a way which attempts to integrate nature conservation with other land management objectives.

For more information visit the Land for Wildlife website

Landcare

See our list of contact information for local groups.

Stream Frontage Management Program

The Melbourne Water Stream Frontage Management Program provides funding to improve the environmental value of waterways that have been damaged by erosion, weed infestation, loss of natural vegetation and stock accessing stream banks.The program assists you to undertake rehabilitation works by providing grants for fencing, revegetation, weed control, off-stream stock watering and minor stabilisation.

To be eligible for funding, you must complete and forward to Melbourne Water an expression of interest form. Once received, Melbourne Water will assess the expression for potential funding and inspect the property to determine opportunities for rehabilitation.An offer to fund all or part of the proposed work is extended to a successful applicant following a property inspection.

Properties within the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment and which are in a catchment greater than 60 hectares are eligible to apply.

For more information visit the Melbourne Water website

Trust for Nature

A Conservation Covenant is an agreement between the landowner and Trust for Nature.The aim of the covenant is to permanently protect the natural values of the land, which is achieved by registering the covenant on the Certificate of Title to the land.The covenants are legally binding (Trust for Nature 2008).The suitability of a property for covenant is decided by the Trust which considers a number of factors (for example, if the property forms part of an important wildlife corridor or acts as a buffer), and options exist for placing covenants over the entire property or for selected sections.

Currently, the legal costs of an individual's Conservation Covenant are born by Trust for Nature. Landholders can also access a range of services through Trust for Nature to help develop the covenant such as rate rebates or fencing incentives. If the covenant decreases the value of the property, the landholder may be eligible for a tax deduction. If this is the case a valuation must be carried out by the Australian Valuation Office.

For more information visit the Trust for Nature website.

Last Updated:

Thursday, 9 June, 2016 - 09:58